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Intern, Chemical Engineer in Ames, IA at REG

Date Posted: 9/6/2017

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Job Description

POSITION PURPOSE: 

The purpose of this position is to assist with a variety of chemistry and engineering duties with a focus on supporting the production of biodiesel fuel and related co-products.

 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  

Technical Support

  • Provide technical and engineering support to the biodiesel plants
  • Obtain equipment specifications and price quotations for new or replacement equipment as needed

Research Function


  • Perform background research on projects using journals and online tools such as SciFinder

Analysis Function

  • Perform process engineering and design work on plant improvement projects
  • Perform analysis on potential plant process optimizations and lead projects to implement improvements
  • Conduct analyses and experiments to identify opportunities for improving or economizing operations without sacrificing product quality
  • Recommend changes to improve efficiencies
Laboratory Functions
  • Evaluate and ensure safety procedures are being followed in laboratory and plant operations and encourage others to do the same
  • Use laboratory equipment and computer systems to set up tests, enter data, design models to simulate physical processes and to process test results

Other frequent duties:

  • Maintain laboratory equipment in good working condition
  • Interact with various internal departments including sales, finance, logistics, quality and others to provide technical support and knowledge

Perform other duties as assigned 

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: 

Education Required: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree – Chemical/Biological Engineering with lab experience required or related degree

**Senior or Junior status required 

Experience Required: Laboratory experience required

**Relevant courses, club participation and internship preferred 

Skills Required

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, Visio)

Basic accounting skills

Advanced math skills 

Special skills or knowledge preferred:

Ability to give detailed instructions

Process simulations

Process data historians

Project Management

Biodiesel production or related processes

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